Inmate with homemade ‘shank’ causes trouble
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 AM
CELINA — Few details have been released, but an inmate with a homemade shank made from a spork started an altercation at the Mercer County Jail Thursday night.
According to the release, around 6:30 p.m., an inmate became unruly. When corrections officers entered the cell block, the inmate continued his outburst and refused to follow instructions given by the officers.
The weapon was seen by officers as they prepared to confront the inmate. A physical altercation ensued, and the inmate was disarmed. Patrol units were called to the facility to help. Once the inmate was subdued, he was placed in lockdown.
The inmate incurred a few scrapes and scratches to the head, hands, and neck in the altercation. One corrections officer suffered an ankle injury. He was treated and will be off duty for several days.
The weapon itself was an eating utensil that had been filed by sharpening against the wall and an intercom in the inmate’s cell. According to Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, “The spork was filed to a point and capable of stabbing someone. This inmate is currently being served finger food on a styrofoam plate only. The majority of inmates act responsibly, but this is a reminder to all of us and to our citizens that we do house dangerous criminals in our facility.”
The identity of the inmate is being withheld because the investigation into the incident in ongoing. According to a press release, the name will be released once the investigation is complete and the county prosecutor has filed charges if he deems charges are warranted. The release notes that the inmate is “not likely to be released soon,” so there is no hurry to file charges in the case.